Kristen DelMastro

Kristen DelMastro

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Kristen DelMastro's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Kristen DelMastro

Kristen DelMastrowrote a review of on September 29, 2009

4 5

These shoes are great. It took me a few days to get used to them...as it does any new pair of footwear, but once I did, they feel great. I definitely think my confidence in tiny footholds has increased with these shoes.

I wear an 8.5 in street shoes and when I tried these on at a local shop the guy only had a 38 and they're perfect....I don't do the whole way too small shoe thing either. A 38.5 would probably feel great too, but a 39 or 40 (which is what the size chart suggests) would be floppy.

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Kristen DelMastrowrote a review of on August 13, 2009

5 5

I am blister prone...I have never found a pair a boots or sneakers that didn't cause blisters, even with all the duct tape and moleskin in the world. When it came time to pack for a recent backpacking trip, I was a little worried about footwear since there was going to be a good amount of hiking involved. Since we were going somewhere warm (Havasupai) I decided to bring my Chacos. For me, they're the ultimate shoe. I can wear them around town, hiking and in the water. They're easy to rinse off (Havasupai is super sandy) and easy to get on and off. 32 miles later, I still had happy, blister free feet! You may not want to do the same if you have weak ankles or something, but I have to say...I am thrilled. My only complaint about these shoes is that when you're walking in a river with lots of little rocks on the bottom, you will get some in between your foot and the shoe and that can be a pain.

My boyfriend, on the other hand, has very flat feet and the way his feet sit in Chacos causes horrendous blisters. I have pretty high arches, and they fit me perfectly, so I'd definitely try them out for a while before committing to days of hiking in them.

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Kristen DelMastrowrote a review of on August 13, 2009

5 5

I took this hammock on a trip down to Havasupai and loved it! I napped in it and slept in it at night and I haven't slept that well in while. As someone who usually wakes up with a sore back from sleeping on my stomach, this was perfect. It forced me to sleep on my back, but kept me cradled and comfy the whole night. I tried to sleep in the tent one night and ended up getting up and heading to the hammock after a couple hours of tossing and turning.
I tried this hammock both with my sleeping pad and without...if it was chillier I would probably use the sleeping pad again, but it was nice and warm in Havasupai and this hammock needed no help to be a comfy cozy bed. It comes with super easy to adjust microrope dealio ( I will try to post a pic of it soon). My friends had the Byer of Maine Parachute Traveller Hammock and I have to say having that the built in hanging system was a real plus...they ended up packing more than the added 8oz this one has since they brought webbing and biners anyway.

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Kristen DelMastrowrote a review of on June 9, 2009

5 5

I just got this shirt in Radish/Cirrus and I really like it. I'm taller and shirts are often too short for me, so I went with a M even though I usually wear a S. (I've actually found that even as a S in most shirts/jackets, I am definitely a M in Backcountry.com shirts/jackets.)The Medium fits perfect. It's not too tight, not too loose and it's the perfect length. The back is a little longer which is always nice when you don't want to give your belay partner a show while rapping off a climb! I've used it biking and climbing and just hanging out around the house.

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Kristen DelMastrowrote a review of on February 18, 2009

5 5

This is my first season skiing anywhere but the ice coast...and these skis are so fun in Utah powder. I mounted these will AT bindings, but use them inbounds too. At first, I felt like they weren't the best for groomers and crud, but with the edges at the tips and tails detuned a bit, they rock. I've had a blast everywhere on the mountain in these skis. I tried out the K2 Phat Luvs last week to compare, and I like these way more. BTW, I'm 5'7", about 130lbs and I ski the 172s.

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Kristen DelMastrowrote a review of on January 28, 2009

5 5

I bought these for my sister, and now I will need to buy them for myself. I have long fingers and these liners fit great. They're stretchy, surprisingly warm, and like Kari said, they're nice and sticky for dog walking and driving. Oh yea, they're great as liners when I'm skiing too.

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Kristen DelMastrowrote a review of on January 28, 2009

4 5

My hands are perpetually cold and I am constantly on a quest for a warm functional mitten. I think I'm getting closer! These mittens kept my hands pretty warm in cold,windy weather. I won't lie and say they're perfect...I still use hand warmers when it's really cold out, but these did the job much better than many mittens I've had in the past. I won't drop them while fumbling with my camera or phone because of the "idiot cord" and the nose wipe definitely comes in handy. I do wish they had a little goggle wipe though.

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Kristen DelMastrowrote a review of on December 23, 2008

5 5

This jacket rocks! The fit is perfect...longer sleeves and the length in the body is long enough as well! I wore it skiing under a hardshell the other day when it was freezing and windy outside....perfect combo! I've also been wearing it around town and it's surprisingly wind resistant...on a cold, windy day at the dog park I felt warmer than people in much bulkier clothing looked!

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